We are so proud of our graduates! They leave us ready to take on the world as grounded, confident, intelligent, engaged, independent, critical thinkers who become innovators and leaders as they move on to higher education and their careers. One of the “testimonials” we are most proud of is our Spring Hill graduates, parents themselves now, whose children are now Spring Hill students!
Here is what some of our graduates have to say . . .
I spent most of my elementary school years at Spring Hill Montessori. After getting my BA in philosophy from the University of Missouri, I went on to Harvard Law School, and have been working as a Public Defender in Massachusetts for the past 4.5 years. I think about my time at Spring Hill Montessoril all the time. There is no overstating the impact it had on my life and the person I am today. ~ Meghan
I loved my years at Spring Hill, and in retrospect I can see all that Spring Hill did for me. I wasn’t learning my times tables and parts of speech because it was the curriculum, I was learning everything from math and literature to gardening and music, because it helped me understand and embrace the world around me. This school gave me the chance to learn at my own level. I wasn’t divided by age, but rather by skill. In an open learning environment where I would have lessons with sixth graders while I was in fourth, I learned to be confident and never had to be scared of asking questions of my teachers.
In an environment encouraging teamwork and kindness I bonded with the people in my class, making longtime friends who ranged from being several years younger than me to being a few years older. It was here that I learned to always speak my mind, to always seek answers, and to always support and help others. This positive relationship with teachers, students and education as a whole empowered me as I moved on to public school and young adult life. ~ Natalie
I did not realize it then, but as I look back on the school environment and community at Spring Hill, I realize that it allowed me to shape and mold myself into the person I have become, without judgments. It has given me the will and the desire to do the best I can possibly do in school and in life. I was truly able to develop my own opinions, thoughts and decisions with encouragement from my fellow classmates, teachers, and parents. My time at Spring Hill Montessori allowed me to become myself during the time that a child develops personal traits; it complemented my ability to seek greater things and challenge myself. ~ Lauren
Spring Hill laid a solid foundation for me to succeed. Without that foundation that promotes tolerance, independence, and environmental consciousness, I would not be on the positive path I am on today. ~ Evan
Spring Hill made me independent. The curriculum and teaching style that I received from that school made it easier for me to prioritize my goals as I go through life. ~ Kalie
I think what helped me the most throughout high school and today is the relationship I had with my teachers and how Spring Hill made me view my education, subconsciously back then, but consciously now. I had an extraordinarily personal relationship with my teachers. I would guess that it came from spending three years with each one, and simply the kind of people they are. I felt that each teacher was a friend to me and had my best interest at heart. SHM made me view teachers in a very constructive manner … so that I became predisposed to have a good relationship with my teachers later in school, and I feel that I was able to get much more out of my teachers than most of my peers from public school.
I did not see them as authority figures or as some sort of obstacle, but as people who had something to offer me if I only took the time to get to know them on a more personal level. I feel that has greatly enriched my life and education. Spring Hill also fostered a similar attitude toward education in general, because it made me take responsibility for my learning at a younger age. School work was never about a grade; I just did it because it was expected of me and because I mostly (not always) enjoyed it, and over time that turned into pride in my work for me.
I think that the personal attention each of us got and the readiness of the teachers to let us work at our own pace made me feel like my education was much more personal. That grew into a sense of responsibility for my education that I definitely took with me into high education. I can say with very little doubt that Spring Hill has made me a better student and person. ~ Jonathan
Spring Hill definitely gave me a unique outlook on life. I ended up in college with two of my Spring Hill Montessori classmates! I feel like SHM gave me the opportunity to think for myself and learn what respect really is. It gave me the opportunity to be out in the open and experience a childhood that is not like one that the average kid experiences. ~ Kiara
There is something so personal and loving about a small school – and it’s something more that I hadn’t seen until after having been in public school for a couple years, but that something I am not sure how to put in words. Spring Hill was the best school – and many friends who attended other schools are very envious of the way of life we had there. The learning was very personal and I loved that. I could go as fast as I wanted. Pace and depth and interest were all tailored to each student. Yet, it didn’t have a typical private school feel. It was more free than that. ~ Tiffany
At Spring Hill I was able to develop the leadership skills that I have today. The skills I developed in this area have been invaluable to my success as a student and as an individual in the work force. SHM taught me to take initiative and responsibility. Getting to choose which projects I did and when I chose to do them really enabled me to learn how to manage my time. This really helped me the most when I went into junior high and high school, where I really needed to manage my time well. ~ Larissa
Spring Hill gave me perspective. I’d say, categorically, people I grew up with have had a generally better grip over what is important in life than have most people I’ve met. Additionally, I had math skills coming out of Spring Hill that put me at a serious advantage compared to other students. ~ Cameron
I’m still in touch with a lot of people that were at Spring Hill, so I would say going to SHM resulted in lifelong friendships. I would also say that SHM cultivated my creative side, developed my social and personal confidence as a child. I’ve found that this foundation has contributed to the work I do. Often being able to work in a team, being clear in communication and dedicated is more important than credentials; this is where Spring Hill played a role. ~ Elica
My time at Spring Hill affected me in quite a large way. I feel as if I am more independent, more personable, and more self-reflective due to my experience at Spring Hill, but it also has let me realize that deadlines are needed if I am to be productive. ~ Dan
If anything, Spring Hill fueled my adventurous and energetic nature. I loved to explore, to create, and to control my own destiny. Spring Hill gave me those opportunities and helped me to become who I am. I loved to run around. There were the fields for us. I loved animals. The school had so many. I loved to create. They had wood for us to build forts. I loved hearing stories. We were read to often. I loved nature. We were taught how to respect it. I loved music. We were exposed to all kinds. I loved my many friends. We were taught respect, forgiveness, generosity, and understanding. ~ Rob
One of my most vivid memories is the senior project that our sixth grade class worked on and the enjoyment of presenting them. Spring Hill always taught me to appreciate life and the world around me. It taught me that hard work and dedication could get you to where you want in life. Being a student at Spring Hill Montessori taught me to be curious about life and the world around me. ~ Marissa
I think Spring Hill was good for me in that it gave me a chance to stand out where I might not have otherwise. It exposed me to a ton of interesting things, and it introduced me to some good friends who I still have today. ~ John